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Forty organisations join Adelaide's carbon neutral push


Forty South Australian organisations have joined the State Government and the Adelaide City Council to push for the city to become the world’s first carbon neutral city.

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The organisations, a mix of community groups, businesses and representative bodies, have joined the carbon neutral project’s partner program, which means they are committed to helping achieve carbon neutrality.

The initiative, launched last night by Environment Minister Ian Hunter and Lord Mayor Martin Haese, aims to have one million square metres of city floor space “committed” to lower carbon emissions by 2020.

The organisations will follow a blueprint set out in the carbon neutral Adelaide action plan, including improving the energy efficiency of buildings, “decarbonising” transport including by increasing cycling and public transport use, moving to renewable energy, reducing emissions from waste, and offsetting emission by setting up a carbon sequestration industry in SA.

Hunter said the commitment of the organisations to the program showed the carbon neutral goal had “growing momentum”.

Haese said carbon neutrality for Adelaide was “both an environmental imperative and an economic opportunity”.

As InDaily has reported, the council has been using the goal of “world’s first” carbon neutral city, and “one of the first” interchangeably.

The latest announcement, however, is back on message, with the goal clearly stated as a “shared aspiration for Adelaide to become the world’s first carbon neutral city”.

The mix of organisations includes the University of Adelaide, welfare group Uniting Communities, architectural firm Thomson Rossi, industrial giant Siemens, Microsoft, charitable food organisation OzHarvest, the Property Council, car-sharing business GoGet, Wallmans Laywers and many more.

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